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World Traveler Solves Rubik’s Cube By Asking Strangers to Each Make One Turn

84 people in 11 countries helped him solve it during the two-month trip

Around the world isn’t just for yo-yos any more. A Rubik’s Cube made the trick it’s own in this new viral video.

Nuseir Yassin graduated from Harvard College in May 2014, and like many of his peers, he wanted to take some time off from studying to travel the world. His trip was unique because he took his Rubik’s Cube along and challenged strangers to help him solve the brainteaser. As he touched down in Russia, England, Thailand or Sri Lanka, he would invite people to help with the project. With cameras rolling, each person (and the occasional animal) moved the toy one turn.

By the end of his trip, he had visited 11 countries, where people (30 women, 54 men) made 84 moves and helped solve the infernal puzzle, according to his description of quest on YouTube. Out of all those people and countries, he claims to have had only one rejection.

It’s an impressive feat, but still not as impressive the guy who solved a Rubik’s Cube in a wind tunnel.

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Arcade Fire Get Some Help From Singing Portraits In “You Already Know” Video: Watch

Some animated artwork takes center stage

Arcade Fire released a new video this morning — and it takes a cue from the world of Harry Potter.

While the video for “You Already Know” is simpler than the gripping mini-epic they made for “We Exist” — which clocked in at six minutes and starred Andrew Garfield as a young man struggling with his sexuality in a small town — this video still includes some magical moments.

The clip begins with a statue announcing the band’s performance, then the camera tracks up a marble staircase as the group starts playing the catchy Reflektor track in a brightly lit room in a castle-like house. Arcade Fire frontman Win Butler soon relinquishes singing duties to the room’s portraits, who were given microphones and guitars for the occasion. It’s whimsical — but it works for the song.

Watch up top.

TIME nation

Kansas City Cop Starts a Dance-Off With Kids

Watch him try to hold his own in this adorable video

Out of Kansas City, Missouri, comes a video of a police officer busting a move with some of the local kids in an eastern Kansas City neighborhood. NBC News affiliate KSHB reports that after officer Jeffrey Krebs spent Sunday morning dancing in his patrol car, his partner offered Jolly Rancher candy to some kids in the neighborhood if they would throw down their best moves in a dance-off with the officer.

The kids and Krebs delivered, each offering up some moves, including one Krebs dubbed “The Octopus” (which the unseen camera operator reacts to with a quiet “Oof.”)

Krebs told KSHB he hopes the friendly competition will help him work better with the community in the long run: “I feel like if we build rapport with them, then they’re more likely to call us when they need us.”

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This Muppets–Beastie Boys Mashup Is ‘What’cha Want’

You want this mashup

In the wake of a dark news cycle, sometimes you just want to escape into the comfort of a heartwarming viral video filled with excited puppies, surfing pigs or, say, rapping Muppets.

Today, the Internet gods or hamsters or whoever it is that runs the pipes and tubes of the World Wide Web looked down, smiled, and gave the world this minute-long video of the Muppets “performing” the Beastie Boys hit “So What’cha Want.”

Starring the Swedish Chef, Animal, and Beaker bravely stepping into the shoes of MCA, Ad-Rock and Mike D, this mashup by heaven-sent YouTuber Mylo the Cat is everything you need to feel a little bit better today.

Watch while you can, though, because the Beastie Boys won’t allow their music to be used in commercial endeavors, probably not even by Muppets.

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Watch a Dog Just Lose His Mind Meeting The Family’s New Kitten for the First Time

The dog looks pawsitively smitten with the new cat already

Read any baby book and there will be probably be a chapter on introducing your new baby to your beloved family pet. Tips usually include something like bringing home a baby blanket so the dog can sniff it and get used to that new baby smell and learn to love the tiny creature to which it belongs.

In this YouTube video uploaded by Tom Shukis, Kip, the “dorky year-old rat terrier,” meets the tiny grey tabby on his girlfriend’s sofa in Cherry Valley, New York. He quickly gets a little over-excited to meet his new housemate, and in a fit of unbridled enthusiasm, starts spinning in gleeful circles on the couch unable to contain the shock of the new kitty. Watch and smile.

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TIME Music

2 Chainz Makes a Baby Stop Crying

She stops crying and starts dancing

Some babies are soothed by the dulcet tones of Katy Perry’s “Dark Horse” or Nine Inch Nails’s “Copy of A.” Now, playing 2 Chainz is all it takes to get a baby girl to stop crying in this new YouTube clip.

Just two notes into the rapper’s song “I’m Different,” you can see her dancing for joy as high as her little legs and her baby jumper will let her.

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Robyn and Roysköpp Go for Gravity In “Monument” Video: Watch

It's the latest clip to be taken from their Do It Again EP

Swedish pop star Robyn and electro-artistes Röyskopp have always pushed limits with their innovative collaborations — and in their new video, they head straight to the outer limits of outer space.

To accompany their Do It Again track “Monument,” the video takes visual cues from 2001: A Space Odyssey, Neil deGrasse Tyson’s Cosmos and (maybe!) the classic Martin Short/Dennis Quaid/Meg Ryan comedy Inner Space to take viewers on a journey through the stars.

Given those influences, the song and video are extraterrestrial and introspective. “It’s about exploring the space around you and finding your own space in it all,” director Max Vitali told The Creator’s Project, who produced the video.

“[Vitali] had a very strong feeling and he started developing it,” Robyn said about the video. “We had all these conversations about what this place could look like, how do you explain these emotions, how do you communicate these things in a way that feels sincere.” The results are trippy and dreamy and, yes, sincere, as viewers seemingly float above the musicians as they move across the moon to hypnotic effect. It’s a suitably beautiful and strange visual for the avant-garde artists.

Want to find out how they did it? A behind-the-scenes video features interviews with Röyskopp, Robyn, Vitali and choreographer Jefta van Dinther:

Here are Röyksopp and Robyn’s Do It Again tour dates:

August 15 Pukkelpop (Belgium)
August 20 Pier 97 (New York, NY, US)
August 21 Wolftrap (Washington, DC, US)
August 22 HB Pavilion (Boston, MA, US)
August 24 Pritzker Pavilion (Chicago, IL, US)
August 25 Echo Beach (Toronto, ON, Canada)
August 30 Zurich Open Air (Switzerland)
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Jason Sudeikis Returns as Awful American Soccer Coach Ted Lasso

And he's as ignorant as ever

Saturday Night Live alum Jason Sudeikis has reprised a character who we first met last summer: Ted Lasso, the incompetent American soccer coach hired to manage Tottenham Hotspur.

Well, Lasso was fired because he was terrible and didn’t understand the rules of British football at all. But because the Premier League is returning to NBC this month, the network decided to revive the hilariously ignorant, disrespectful, mustachioed character.

This time, though, he’s coaching a youth soccer team and showing off his newfound love of English culture. In fact, he’s even taken a cue from cities with places like Chinatown and Little Italy and turned his entire apartment into Teeny-Tiny England.

TIME viral

Watch President Obama “Sing” Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy”

It's not real, but it's still spectacular

President Obama is so fancy, but he already knows, he’s in the fast lane from L.A. to Tokyo and he sings all about it in this “cover” of Iggy Azalea’s hit, “Fancy.”
 
The YouTube Channel BarackDubs has taken snippets from the President’s speeches and weaved them together into a tapestry that mirrors Iggy Azalea’s flow. In the past, the viral video stars have made Obama look like he’s singing hits likes Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky,” Miley Cyrus’ “Party in the USA” and Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe.”
 
It’s a fun clip, but it lacks the of sly-eyed elan of their previous venture, Bill Clinton singing “Blurred Lines.”
 
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